After a productive practice session this morning all the hard work paid off as Mark Webber drove a perfect qualifying lap to bring the Jaguar R5 home in second place. Mark Webber will tomorrow start the Malaysian Grand Prix from second on the grid...
After a productive practice session this morning all the hard work paid off as Mark Webber drove a perfect qualifying lap to bring the Jaguar R5 home in second place. Mark Webber will tomorrow start the Malaysian Grand Prix from second on the grid splitting the two Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello.
Christian Klien drove a clean lap and finished an encouraging 13th. The team has been consistently competitive over the course of the weekend and will be looking to continue this theme into the race tomorrow. As the highest placed Michelin runner the team will be looking to score points in what is traditionally one of the hardest races on the F1 calendar for both man and machine.
We are all very happy here at Jaguar Racing today after I managed to secure 2nd on the grid for tomorrow. The car has been good all weekend and my engineers and mechanics have done an amazing job in preparing the R5 for this circuit. We did not expect second today but I am more than pleased with the outcome. We have all been working so hard on the R5 and to start to see some of the results of this work pay off is fantastic motivation for the team. I know that we will all be giving it our best shot tomorrow and I will be fighting for points every step of the way.
The circuit here is not easy by any standard but the car is competitive and the balance and set-up has been fine-tuned. It's going to be a tough afternoon for all of us out there but I am so excited that I can't wait. Michelin has done a great job on the tyres that they brought and to say they are working well on the car would be an understatement. Again, Cosworth are with us every step of the way, so roll on the race.
This morning was really productive for me as I managed to complete a good number of laps and I was comfortable with the set- up and balance that we achieved in preparation for qualifying. I did make a couple of small mistakes when I did my first qualifying lap but I was much happier with my second lap and I was pleased overall with the day. I am now really focusing on the race and after finishing in Melbourne, I would like to repeat this here tomorrow at the Sepang circuit.
My engineers and mechanics have done a fantastic job all weekend in preparing the car and both Cosworth and Michelin are working very hard to support us. I would like to reward them all in the race with a good finish but we will just have to wait and see. The conditions at the track are really challenging but after my extensive training in Langkawi I should be in good shape for the race, and I am more than looking forward to it.
Dr Mark Gillan -- Head of Vehicle Performance:
It's been a very good day all round for us here and to have the car running as well as it is, is a reflection of our effort and that of our partners Cosworth Racing, Pi Research and Michelin. Both Mark and Christian completed their practice sessions with good times and we went into qualifying confident that we had a good mechanical and aerodynamic set-up on both cars as well as balance.
Christian did a good job in his second qualifying session and Mark's performance was very impressive, especially on the last few corners which are incredibly difficult. We are in an extremely good starting position for tomorrow's race and I am looking forward to a good day. It's going to be exciting for all of us and we will be hoping for a good points finish as just reward.
Best time: 1:33.715
Chassis: R5- 03
Best time: 1:35.158
Chassis: R5- 01